THE DIVINE PROMISE.
himself the dual gift of poetry and music, which
thrilled the hearts of the armed bands, cheering
them in their tedious marches, and stimulating
them for every conflict with their stubborn, ma¬
lignant, and wily foes.
What the fife and the drum are to a recruit.
ing officer, what a band of musicians is to a
regiment, what a trumpeter is to an army in the
field of battle, such, and more, was Charles Wes¬
ley to his commanding brother John. And as
John is still marching from continent to conti¬
nent, and through every clime, organizing the
races into martial bands to fight the battles of
the Lord of hosts, Charles is still marching at
his side, singing in all languages, cheering and
inspiring the conquering legions of Emmanuel.
Was ever a home more hallowed than that in
which these babes were born, these boys1 were
trained? from which they went into the schools
of London ; thence, as youths, to the University
of Oxford; thence, as young men, into the world
to labor successfully for God and man ?
Their feet were set in the right path by the
"'John left the home for the Charter-house sclu><>7
when eleven years old, and entered Oxford in his seven.
teenth year. Charles went to Westminster when about
eight years of age, and, in due time, joined his brother."
(Stevens's " Centenary of Methodism.")